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    Expect the Unexpected

    I received an ARC of this book. I really enjoyed this one and laughed the entire was through it. Our intrepid main character, Sidney, is another strong female character, and her growth throughout the story is just as fun many of the other main characters that Ms. Alexander writes in previous books. The counter main character to Sidney, Harry, is also just as growth driven, for people grow and change in trying circumstances, and Harry is finding himself in many - not only because of Sidney and her naïve views of a world that he sees as dark and dangerous - but also because my three favorite sub-characters are travelling with them this time. I am looking forward to seeing what Effie, Gwen and Poppy do in upcoming books.
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    a fun and original story

    This is the story of spinster Sidney, an untraveled author of stories on Egypt and Harry, a very well-traveled expert on Egypt who calls Sidney out as a fraud. This leads to the both of them traveling to Egypt with three charming older ladies and one nosy reporter in tow. This book was quite different from what I was expecting and from what I've been reading lately, but I really enjoyed it. Parts of it moved a bit slowly, but thanks to the banter from the three Lady Travelers, Effie, Poppy, and Gwen, I didn't mind. This was a bit of a slow burn, but that made it plausible for me. There's just a bit of intrigue to keep things interesting and a bit of steam too. Our hero and heroine were a bit older than the norm and had to overcome the fact that they'd been lying to each other from the start of their acquaintance; it made for entertaining reading and I would recommend it. Thank you to the author/publisher for the ARC! All opinions are my own.
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    A delightful romp full of unexpected twists

    Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over I requested this novel because I have a proper period fascination with Egypt, a country I have yet to see despite my time in nearby regions, and the description promised a fun frolic. Between the meddling of the three irrepressible old ladies cough lady travelers cough, and two honorable people having made shady decisions in their pasts or not so long ago, the book lived up to my every hope. A clash between a treasure hunter turned serious Egyptologist Harry Armstrong and the little traveled but well studied Sidney Althea Gordon Honeywell forms the heart of this tale. Sidney never set out to deceive, but readers are ever deciding fiction must be nothing else but fact. Harry lashed out in a fit of pique when his writings were found wanting while hers were adored, and though he heartily regretted the compulsion, is too prideful to back down. This brings Sidney (along with her three elderly companions) to the land that has owned her every dream for most of her adult life. There, she attempts to prove a falsehood not of her making based on second-hand knowledge and much of that two generations old. I enjoyed seeing Egypt through her eyes and laughed at Harry’s factual but jaded offerings. Where I expected a romp with lively personalities, though, I did not anticipate the story showing glimpses of the true contradictions and complications of a country like Egypt. It dismissed many fanciful notions held by the Western world even today and made the visit feel tangible. Then there are the lady travelers. If Sidney has a knack for deception, which by all accounts she does not, she earned it at the knees of her dearest friends. The trouble they get her into…and out of…makes for half of the fun. Really, I don’t know what to say beyond a wholehearted recommendation. It’s not life altering though the story does raise questions to ponder. There are definite growth moments and times of self-reflection providing interesting fodder to those with similar traits. But most of all, it was a joy to read. I’ll miss hanging out with these characters and discovering whatever else they manage to get themselves mixed up in. P.S. I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley and am delighted to offer my honest review. P.P.S. Two other things I should mention: There’s a bit of a history dump for Harry in the beginning, but it will smooth out and is worth it. The second is that despite the rather Georgette Heyer tone, there is at least one ahem descriptive intimate scene and some rather blushingly indiscreet conversations.
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    Poppy, Gwen and Effie are back ...

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Lady Travelers Guide To Deception With An Unlikely Earl is the third novel in Victoria Alexander’s Lady Travelers Society series. There are also three Novellas and I do recommend reading them all. Firstly ... Poppy Gwen and Effie are back and they get to go on the trip this time so I was very happy for them. The intrepid heroine in this tale is Sidney Althea Gordon Honeywell Effie’s honorary niece, who supports herself by writing stories based on her grandmother’s journals of her trips to Egypt. Sidney uses the pen name Mrs. Gordon ...a widow because as an unmarried young lady she would not be permitted to have the kind of adventures she writes about and although she never intended such her stories have been published as memoirs not fiction. Harold Armstrong (Harry) has spent the last 20 years in Egypt. He returned to England after the death of one of his travel partners because he much to his surprise inherited the title of Earl of Brenton. His attempts to publish his memoirs have met with abject failure so he is incensed the Mrs. Gordon aka Queen of the Desert is very successful at writing about Egypt when he is positive that she’s never been there. A challenge is issued and in order to preserve her livelihood Sidney sets sail for Egypt with Poppy, Gwen and Effie, Harry who is pretending to be the Earls nephew and a reporter to document it all. The adventures that ensue will keep you up reading way past your bedtime. I enjoyed this book very much. Medium Steam. Publishing Date November 20, 2018 #NetGalley #TheLadyTravelersGuideToDeceptionWithAnUnlikleyEarl
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